Ministry Of Gender Engages Stakeholders On The Development Of A National Database For Children

July 27, 2018 8:42 am

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, in collaboration with UNICEF has on 20th of July 2018 held a stakeholders’ consultative workshop on the development of a child protection information management system.

The workshop brought together some development partners, non-governmental organinsations and data management institutions among others to solicit their inputs for the development of a national database for children that will ensure the protection and promotion of the rights of children. The database is expected to track every Ghanaian child right from birth to help in effectively preventing and responding to abuse.

Addressing the participants at the workshop, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba said the information management system “is intended to provide the country with a national database on children that would not only meet stakeholders’ user needs for case management and reporting, but also generate timely and accurate data for policy formulation, evidence-based programming, guide planning, budgeting and allocation of resources, and monitoring child related issues in the country”.

She therefore urged the participants to take the opportunity to make their inputs to help develop a robust information management system that will help the Ministry achieve its intended purpose of effectively promoting and protecting children’s rights in Ghana.

On his part, the Deputy Country Representative for UNICEF in Ghana, Mr. Fiachra McAsey emphasized on how the information management system will be vital to helping reduce the vulnerability of boys and girls while increasing accountability for the protection of the rights of children. Mr. McAsey added that the database will help generate policies that will focus towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to Micheal Abiaw, a representative from the Department of Children, some of the reasons that necessitated the creation of the database is the unreliability of the existing data on child protection and its scattered nature which raise the need to have a central bank that will facilitate the generation and sharing of vital information about children in country.

The stakeholders’ meeting is the first of series of consultations that the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection will be holding to gather diverse inputs for the development of a child protection information management system.